Innovative Services for Citizens and/or Municipalities Using Smart Light Poles | InnoCentive Challenge

ENEL owns and/or manages (on behalf of municipalities) lighting poles infrastructure in Europe and Latin America. This infrastructure provides a unique opportunity to host and support non-lighting innovative applications as part of the development and deployment of solutions for smart cities, such as IoT (Internet of Things) based solutions.  These applications can enable a number of new urban functions and services that can improve the citizens’ quality of life and municipalities’ city management, while also producing an enormous quantity of valuable data. While some services already exist (e.g. surveillance or traffic information) ENEL wishes to focus also on novel, highly creative and innovative services.

The Challenge to Solvers is then to formulate innovative services to citizens, having a sustainable business model and leveraging on the light pole infrastructure. Hence, the Challenge is to respond to questions such as:  

Which technologies can enable new services for the light pole? What value (both, social and economic) can new services generate? What business model can be implemented? What mode of interaction with the customer could be implemented? This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submission deadline: June 13, 2018 11:59 PM (Central European Time)


IoT and smart services for cities

Light poles have the potential to support non lighting applications as part of the development and deployment of solutions for smart cities, such as, for instance, IoT (Internet of Things) based solutions. They can enable a number of novel urban functions and services that can improve the citizens’ quality of life, while also producing an enormous quantity of valuable data.
Smart light poles infrastructure can be used to host a number of different objects (e.g., videocameras, sensors, Wi-Fi antennas, etc.) generating a huge amount of data which can be the building blocks of new data collection technologies generating such innovative services. Current state-of-the-art in the installed infrastructure includes, but it is not limited to:

  • Temperature sensors
  • Climate sensors
  • Video Cameras
  • Wi-Fi antennas

These capabilities have already led to many services in the fields of surveillance, climate information, traffic information, environmental monitoring, monitoring of people flows, optimization of mobility flows, waste management, smart parking, SOS, digital signages, and many other. For the purposes of this Challenge, the Seeker would like to go beyond these already defined “standard” services and appeal to more creative and innovative services.
ENEL Operations

ENEL operates under two different scenarios in Europe (Italy, Spain, Romania) and Latin America (mainly Chile  Colombia and Brazil):

A. In some locations, ENEL owns and manages the public lighting pole infrastructure
B. In others, the owner of the infrastructure is the local municipality and ENEL only manages the maintenance operations and services

The consequences of this are that in scenario B, ENEL has a more limited capability to implement changes in the infrastructure, and Solvers should account for that in their proposed solutions (for instance including other subjects as part of the business model). The other difficulty is that municipalities do not generate enough funds to sponsor or pay for services, hence the need for revenue-generating business streams from such services, so to make them sustainable whilst providing social value aligned with municipalities’ mission. 
Submissions for Scenario B will not be considered less interesting or valuable by ENEL, but Solvers should be aware of its specificities and, hence, consider and address them in their proposals.